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The goal of this IP is to work out a common vision for measures against uncontrolled sealing and reasonable land use, intending a balanced production and also developing concrete measures for integrated land utilization. Prof. Blum points out, that “space is an asset that is extremely short and cannot be reproduced, and which has always been the subject of strong conflicts with regard to utilization. Moreover driving forces of land and soil degradation have effects on the dimension of space and long term temporal scales. Therefore we have to distinguish the dimension of space and time on the world level, the country level and the individual piece of land. All three levels are inter-connected by cultural, social and economic driving forces, ranging from economic and social theories, to the question of property rights or prices for energy and other goods, thus connecting the world level with the household level.”

On the basis of the soil indicator framework – the DPSIR APPROACH – and its application in practice helps to understand complex systems and processes and react by developing responses and solutions for strategies and operational procedures, to create landscapes involving with great responsibility. This framework of the ‘ five main soil research clusters’ serve as a theoretical background for our project.

Within the first phase of the IP SOIL I project from 2004 to 2005 we were analyzing the theoretical and practical examples from the ‘five soil research clusters’ (Block 1), and were integrating the topics systemically within a future search workshop (Block 2) and were working on various case studies and projects (Block 3) about soil and land use to understand the problems. The Intensive program seminar took place in Neusiedl am See from April 3rd to April 17th 2005

Download for further reading:


 Scientifif Basis for the Management of European Soil Resources. Wien: Guthmann-Peterson.